CA Technologies released its key identity and access management trends for 2015. Security and authentication will be more important to enterprises this year and will have higher visibility from executives because of data breaches in the past.
CA predicts that mobiles phones and devices will be the authenticator used by most. When it comes to authentication enterprises and end users want simple and secure. Organizations want “zero-touch authentication” to deliver as frictionless and password-free an experience for their customers and employees as possible, and the mobile device will be a key element.
Along these same lines, CA Technologies says another trend will be a shift from identity management to identity access security. Data breaches have hinged on compromising a user identity and new systems will require identity and access security that is intelligent, contextual and verifiable.
The flood of breaches in 2014 also mean that identity management and authentication will have a higher profile in the boardroom. Corporate executives and boards will be held accountable for breaches that damage their corporate brand. This will increase their level of involvement in security strategy and governance. Security will shift from an IT problem to an executive problem.
CA also highlighted a couple of other identity trends for 2015:
Identity-aware organizations will adopt an “identity dial tone.”The increased use of mobile apps is driving a need for a common way to access identity and entitlement information. Organizations need to establish an “identity dial tone” to act as one source of identity truth.
Mobility and the Internet of Things will drive the emergence of API-first architectures. The rise of mobile apps and the Internet of Things will drive a move towards lighter-weight, API-first architectures in order to more easily connect into the digital ecosystem. These architectures will be better able to support the large array of user types that need to access apps and data on-premise or in the cloud and across a range of device types. An API-first architecture is what will provide the agility and flexibility that success in the app economy requires.